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: S52 seepage?

06-10-2005, 01:20 PM
Calling all armchair/internet mechanics.

I'm looking at a 99 M3, on which a BMW mech said there was "VERY SLIGHT wetness on right side of head (VERY MINOR)." It actually appears to be a TRACE amount of oil, barely notable, with dirt stuck to it.

Who would be concerned (besides me)? The car does not burn oil or coolant, and the water temp needle is always dead in the middle.

The car has 45k miles on it. To me it sounds like the car is a six year old car, and this may be normal. Thoughts?

06-12-2005, 12:59 PM
Does no one have any thoughts on this? I appreciate any input...

06-28-2005, 12:29 PM
I'm no expert, but if there is a slow constant seeping of oil from where the head meets the block, you could have a head gasket starting to go or maybe a problem with the head itself, like a small crack. I do not think it is normal at all for an S52 to have this type of oil seepage. I would have the condition properly diagnosed before purchasing the car.

06-28-2005, 01:56 PM
It could just be the cam cover leaking also. Have it looked at closer. Could be minor, or could be a big deal.